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Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project

The mission of the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project (USEFE) is to promote economic development and job creation across the north midlands of Ireland. A key driver of this project is the investment and enhancement of the tourism offering in the region. It was established by the Local Authorities of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon, and Semi-State bodies ESB and Bord na Mona.

Inland And Coastal Marina Systems

Inland & Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of marinas/jetties and provides a fully integrated design service for a turnkey marina/jetty solution. Products include wave attenuating Floating Concrete Breakwaters, Concrete Pontoons, Heavy Duty Pontoons, Leisure Pontoons which include a GRC concrete deck with a wood grain finish. ICMS has completed numerous signature projects worldwide.

New York State Canal System

The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles, the waterways link the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, Niagara River and Lake Erie with communities rich in history and culture.  The system is owned and operated by the New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York Power Authority.


Destination Athlone

Here at the centre of Ireland you’re at the heart of it all! The perfect base to escape explore and enjoy. Sail Ireland’s longest river, cycle Ireland’s newest greenway, slide down the wold’s largest inflatable water slide, explore Ireland’s richest monastic settlement, enjoy Ireland’s oldest pub, climb Ireland’s most fortified castle, soar through the trees at Ireland’s first high wire forest adventure.. And that’s just the start of it! Welcome to Athlone, at the heart of it. For all there is to see and do visit


Ronautica Marinas

Ronautica Marinas has been involved in the design, manufacture and installation of marinas in Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean, the UK, Ireland and South America, for over 20 years. One of our favourite projects in recent years has been the refurbishment of Lough Derg Marina, Ireland, which is now nearing completion. Lough Derg Marina is a 150 berth marina that is being brought back to life with a bang! Every detail of the marina is being finished to the highest quality standards, which, for us, is challenging, but also rewarding.

Ronautica Marinas is continually collaborating with the best national and international research centres and universities, to bring the best materials and latest technologies to the market. We’re currently using new technologies to meet the challenging specification on a floating walkway project in Bristol City, England.

Ronautica Marinas has experience in virtually every type of marina project; river and canal jetties, yacht club marinas, fishing boat marinas, floating breakwaters, ferry berths, bridges and gangways. No project is too big or too small, and nowhere in the world is too far away. We’ve even trekked through the jungle to install a marina on Pearl Island in Panama, what a challenge that was!

At Ronautica Marinas, we love a challenge, we invite you to challenge us to develop a made-to-measure solution for your marine project.



 AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security.

We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, we design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives


Blueways Ireland

What are Blueways?
Get on the Blueways and take time out to explore Ireland’s unique waterscapes. Blueways are a network of multi-activity recreational trails, based on or alongside idyllic lakes, canals and rivers in Ireland. They provide scenic routes into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. Connect with friends and family as you escape to unique natural environments. Feel totally chilled out on a guided paddling trip; build up an appetite on an exhilarating electric bike trip; or gently meander on a canal-side walk. Tranquil Blueway journeys, where the pace of life is slow, along glistening waters, softly fringed and abundant with nature. Get active… but do it your way, on a Blueway. This website provides information on the trails themselves as well as opportunities to “Get on the Blueway” – bookable activity experiences to make it easy for you to get onto the trails with experts who will guide you on your journey.

There’s more to Blueways
Along with the trails, there’s so much more to enjoy in Blueway areas, with relaxing places to stay and delightful places to eat. This website provides details of these fantastic hostelries and eateries, but it also showcases the exciting and diverse range of attractions to enjoy and explore on a Blueways break, with everything from heritage and culture, to arts and craft.

The Blueways Network
The trails are defined by trail heads, put in and take out points and readily available trail information. Blueways can be developed on canals, rivers, lakes or along the coast and can incorporate other associated land base​d trails adjacent to the water trail. These natural trails have wide appeal for local use and domestic visitors, as well as encouraging international tourism. Blueways can be used by all ages and abilities – with something for everyone, the slogan “Blueway, do it your way” has been adopted to reflect their accessibility and diversity.

A number of partners have been involved with the lead agency, Waterways Ireland, in developing Blueway trails in Ireland. These include Canoeing Ireland, Sport Ireland Trails, Fáilte Ireland, Local Authorities, Tourism Offices. Much work has been carried out with local communities and businesses around the Blueways, to develop packages combining activity with fabulous places to Stay, Eat and Visit.

Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism

Fermanagh is a Lakeland county renowned for its scenic beauty and the magical waters of Upper and Lower Lough Erne, making it a haven for activity and watersport enthusiasts. Home to some of the most famous visitor attractions in Ireland such as Belleek Pottery, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark as well as 3 National Trust properties, makes it a perfect place for groups, families and individuals to visit. Complimented by first class accommodation including the 5* Lough Erne Resort complete with championship Nick Faldo designed golf course as well as a range of other hotels, self-catering and guesthouse accommodation. Fermanagh is also a popular destination for caravan and camping enthusiasts.

Hodson Bay Group

Hodson Bay Group is an Irish family owned business comprising of four 4 Star Hotels. The Hodson Bay Hotel on the shores of Lough Ree, Sheraton Athlone Hotel in Athlone Town Centre, the Galway Bay Hotel on Galway’s famous promenade and soon to open The Hyatt Centric in The Liberties Dublin. Over 25 years in business, the Hodson Bay Group has established an enviable reputation for quality and excellence and recently achieved the Deloitte Platinum Award for Business Excellence

Inland Waterways Association of Ireland

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland is a voluntary, all Ireland organisation made up of people who share a keen enthusiasm for inland waterways. Founded in 1954, IWAI advocates the use, maintenance, protection, restoration and improvement of the inland waterways of Ireland. IWAI has 23 branches across the island of Ireland and membership is open to all. Our membership is drawn from all walks of life and from people with a wide range of interests – boating, angling, walking, conservation, heritage, wildlife and environment. Many members own and use boats on our rivers lakes and canals ranging from motor-cruisers to jet skis, sailing boats to barges and RIBs to rowing boats.
IWAI is the voice of waterways users and enthusiasts, representing the views of members to governments (NI & RoI), navigation authorities, local authorities and other agencies whose activities affect the waterways.
The association raises funds, campaigns for and directly carries out restoration projects on derelict waterways. Current projects include the Boyne Navigation, the Newry Canal, the Ulster Canal and the Lagan Navigation. A project to restore Ram’s Island on Lough Neagh is also underway.
IWAI organises a wide range of events around the waterways every year including large boat rallies, cruise in company events, small boat outings, talks, film shows, lectures, clean up events and restoration work-parties.
The association publishes a quarterly magazine “Inland Waterways News” which covers a wide range of topics of interest to waterways enthusiasts at local, national and international level. The association website has a wealth of information on the Irish waterways and includes a forum for discussion of waterways topics and an on-line shop selling waterways books and charts and a range of IWAI-branded clothing.

Irish Boat Rental Association (IBRA)

The Irish Boat Rental Association (IBRA), is the trade association representing the hire boat industry on the River Shannon and Erne. Established in 1973 IBRA has provided support and assisted in the development of the industry to ensure that our customers experience the highest level of standards and service and enjoy a quality product that is a boat holiday in Ireland. IBRA is also a founding member of ITIC the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation. Steve Conlon is the current director of IBRA and is available to answer all of your questions and is looking for overseas partnerships in order to allow more people to enjoy a boat holiday in Ireland.

Leitrim Tourism

Slow Adventure Experiences – Leitrim Ireland

Located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and on the River Shannon; Leitrim is the home of Slow Adventure in Ireland.  Slow Adventure is a newly developed concept which offers the opportunity to explore wild, open and natural places through guided journeys.  You can enjoy day or overnight experiences and stay close to nature.  Activities include bushcraft and foraging on Lough Allen, paddle or canoe on water or cycle or walk by the Blueway. 

Linssen Yachts

The journey is the reward

Linssen Yachts builds steel motor yachts in its 45.000 square metre shipyard in Maasbracht, Holland. From the first sketch, development, prototyping and complete production. Everything is done in-house.

A business that began life as a small boatyard in 1949 has become a market leader in the steel yacht building sector within three generations. Linssen Yachts is a byword for steel displacement yachts of superior quality and for continuous innovative product and process development. In each decade since the company was established, Linssen Yachts has been the driving force behind innovative ideas for modernising the yacht building process. And it remains so today!

Linssen Yachts is – and remains – 100% made in the Netherlands.

Lough Derg Marketing Group

The Lough Derg Marketing Group is a well established group comprising a broad range of stakeholder representatives from the three local authorities, Clare, Galway and Tipperary County Councils, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Local Development Companies and the tourism trade.  The strategic objective of the group is to market, promote and develop Lough Derg as a key destination for superb water based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage, culture and food experiences that will entice domestic and international visitors to stay longer. Lough Derg consists of 179km of indented shorelines, stretching from Portumna in Co. Galway to the historic twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe bordering Counties Tipperary and Clare in the heart of Ireland.

Facebook: Discover Lough Derg

Twitter: discoverlderg

Moss Naylor Young Ltd

Moss Naylor Young Ltd (Est. 2010) are “the go-to folk for waterway regeneration”.

With an impressive CV of over twenty waterway regeneration projects, including the Bude Canal, Olympic Waterways in London and Ashby Canal at Measham, Patrick Moss MD is now working extensively across England and Wales; currently involved in every canal restoration scheme in South Wales, including major schemes across the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals in collaboration with the MB&A Canal Trust, Swansea Canal, Swansea City Council and the Canal Society.

Projects range from the initial viability and feasibility of ideas through to negotiating planning consent and assistance with delivery, and have included protecting schemes from major infrastructure works such as trunk roads and HS2.

The MNY team each has over twenty years experience of town planning, transport planning, heritage, ecology, tourism economics and civil engineering, which brings efficient and effective regeneration to the table.

From local interpretation to large scale urban regeneration and restoration of longer canals, no waterway project is too big or too small.



Visit Offaly

Offaly at the heart of Ireland, welcomes the visitor to vast tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, esker hills and rivers including the majestic Shannon River which defines its western boundary and the gently rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains which rise up in the east. Offaly’s hidden gems are:

Clonmacnoise, a world class monastic gem, is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers.

Birr Castle, Gardens and Science Centre where you can check out the epic Treehouse Adventure Area.

Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre where you can begin a journey of discovery, through almost two centuries of the distillery’s history.

Lough Boora Discovery Park transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog, today it is home to countless species of birds and wildlife and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures.

Slieve Bloom Mountains, where you’ll find trails to suit every ability; from the experienced hiker to the casual stroller.

River Shannon, where you can start your riverside adventure in Banagher and cruise on one of the finest natural inland waterways in Europe.

Visitor Monitoring Ireland

Visitor Monitoring Ireland has been installing sensors and monitoring pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic in Ireland for the last six years.
The clients include local councils and trust bodies throughout Ireland.
Waterways Ireland has been a major client with VMI since 2014 and continues to this day with data collection and reporting.

VMI prides itself on continuing service of all their equipment and special attention to a having a good relationship with all its clients.

Salamander Amphibious Vehicles

Salamander AV design, build and sell the next generation of amphibious passenger vehicles for tourism and related amphibious activities. With an emphasis on intelligent design and passenger safety, the Salamander is taking the industry by storm and changing the amphibious vehicle market for the better.



Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, restores and develops 1000km of inland navigable canals, rivers and lakes in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The organisation is principally focused on growing recreational use and supporting tourism and industry along the waterway corridors. All but 83 km of the waterways are networked together creating a hugely attractive cruising and recreational space which has 14,000 registered barges and cruisers, powerboats etc. as well as innumerable
walkers, paddlers, rowers, water-skiers, sailors and cyclists.

Employing over 300 people, the organisation is managed by a Senior Management Team reporting to the governments in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Through the North South Ministerial Council, Ministers from the two governments make joint decisions for Waterways Ireland to implement. Work is carried out through a direct labour force and external contractors overseen by professional Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering teams supported by Health & Safety, Environment, Marketing, IT, HR, Property, Legal, Policy and Finance staff.

Waterways Ireland works with strategic partners from the local, regional and National government and non-governmental agencies to deliver improvements along the waterways – including the Irish National Tourism Development Agency, Failte Ireland, and Tourism Northern Ireland; National Sporting Bodies including Canoeing Ireland, CANI, Rowing Ireland, Sport NI, Triathlon Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Inlnad Fisheries (Northern Ireland)

Waterways Ireland was established in 1999 as part of the British Irish Agreement following on from the work of the Office of Public Works in Ireland and the Rivers Agency in Northern Ireland.

Westmeath County Council

Westmeath County Council is mandated to deliver a diverse range of functions and services which can be broadly described under the headings of economic development, community development, provision of physical and social infrastructure, recreation and amenity services, and the enforcement of the planning and environmental regulatory framework. The representative structure of the Council consists of 20 democratically elected members from Athlone and Mullingar Municipal Districts who form Westmeath County Council. The role of the elected council is to determine strategic policy and to represent the general view of the citizens who elected them. The elected members exercise their authority by way of reserved functions, and do so in public session at each of the Council meetings.

World Historic and Cultrual Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

Founded in 2009, we are a non-profit, non-governmental international organization formed by a number of canal cities and economic or cultural institutions worldwide. Our full official name is World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (abbreviated as WCCO). The Organization has its domicile and Secretariat in Yangzhou, a city on the China Grand Canal in east China’s Jiangsu Province.

Our work is oriented around canals. We work to promote the economic and cultural exchanges between canals cities, share their development experience, push for mutually beneficial cooperation, and facilitate the common development and prosperity.

Since its founding, we have been dedicated to exploring the conservation and utilization of canals as well as canal-related heritages, seeking the paths of canal-based city development, and pushing for enhanced friendship, cooperation and common advancement between the world’s canal cities. We have grown into an influential NGO on inter-city exchanges and cooperation featuring standardized, international operation.

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